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St Joseph's Orphanage, Tucson AZ 1930.

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Re: St Joseph's Orphanage, Tucson AZ 1930.

Posted: 20 Sep 2012 1:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Dec 2012 5:16PM GMT
Surnames: Hendricks
My Aunt Gertrudes story is so tragic it's still very hard to talk about. She entered the St Joseph Orphanage from St Joseph Academy 1 October 1918 and remained there until she was committed to The Arizona State Hospital Asylum for the insane June 24, 1924.
Her family moved from Joplin, Missouri in Jan 1910. Her father Tilton Clayton Hendricks and his wife Emma Nette Dodson moved to Globe for health reasons. Tilton was an attorney in Globe. They had three small children, Leonard Sidney 8,(my father) Gertrude May, 6 and Homer 4. Less than 6 months later Emma died in childbirth. Three years later Tilton remarried. Within 2 years he died.
We think Gertrude was sent to the academy in Tucson when her father (my grandfather) died of TB. We don't know the circumstances of her remaining at the academy until 1918. Perhaps the money ran out for her schooling. Several possiblities. By 1918 she was sent to the orphanage. We have obtained records from The Arizona State Hospital. She was sent by Sister Guadalupe because of an "umgovernable spirit". She had bouts of hysteria. We also learned she was forced into sexual relations with workmen. We don't know if she had a mental problem which resulted in her being sexualized or the sexual abuse resulted in PTSD and hysteria. What we would like to find out is what was it like in that orphanage from 1918-1924. Was there abuse? If anyone has any information please contact me. My heart is broken for the aunt I never knew and the child lost to her family in the mid west.
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